We’ve been hearing stories about how this old and outdated crossover is more than ready for discontinuation and it looks like the story goes on. FCA is definitely developing a new three-row SUV which will replace a couple of existing models but it looks that things are not going that way. We expected that the 2020 model year will be the last one, but the latest reports suggest we will see the 2021 Dodge Journey as well. This should finally be the swan song of the model that has been around for more than a decade.
At this point, we don’t know the details, but it’s not hard to presume that the next-year model won’t feature any particular change. You may count on the same design and features, as well as on the same powertrain. The 2021 Dodge Journey may seem outdated, but the company tries to compensate that at a really affordable price. We expect to see it on the market sometime late in the year.
2021 Dodge Journey Redesign
In terms of the base design characteristics, things haven’t changed on this crossover for a decade, so we don’t believe they will change in the next year either. The 2021 Dodge Journey is about to continue with the same, well-known design. First of all, there is a pretty familiar styling, which received a couple of modest updates. Still, these changes were so minor that it’s quite hard to notice the difference between pre- and post-updated models unless you look very closely.
When it comes to mechanics, we are pretty sure that the company hasn’t touched this model since the initial launch. After all, the base engine still comes with an ancient 4-speed automatic transmission. Therefore, it’s no surprise that all other models in the class offer superior driving characteristics. Moreover, the ride is also pretty harsh on pawn roads.
Once again, you may count on a lot of outdated design solutions. The dashboard design of this crossover definitely belongs to some previous generation of vehicles, though there are some touches that make this cabin look contemporary. Of course, this primarily refers to the available 8.4-touchscreen and the infotainment system that is really user-friendly. Also, the model surprises with a pretty decent overall quality, as you can find a lot of soft-touch materials in this cabin.
When it comes to the interior space, the 2021 Dodge Journey will be a mixed bag. The first row offers a generous amount of space. The second row isn’t that great, while the third one feels really cramped. The same story goes for the cargo area, which is one of the smallest in the class. You can count around 10.7 cubic feet behind the third row, while the overall capacity goes around 67.6 cubic feet.
As you may expect, things are pretty basic when it comes to the standard equipment. You may count on a small 4.3-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker audio and one USB port. Of course, things are better in higher trims. As we already mentioned, there is a large 8.4-inch touchscreen, as well as things like Bluetooth, satellite radio, a navigation system, Alpine audio system, rear-seat DVD player etc. Base models come with cloth upholstery, but you can get things like leather, heated and power-adjustable seats, as well as a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel.
When it comes to safety, the 2021 Dodge Journey will be extremely modest. A rearview camera is the only thing you will get in base models, while parking sensors are available.
2021 Dodge Journey Engines
In terms of the powertrain, you may count on FCA’s familiar design solutions. Base models will carry on with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit. In this particular case, the engine delivers 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. As we already mentioned, it comes with an old 4-speed automatic transmission, so you definitely won’t get any particular driving experience. Still, the fuel economy is decent. You may count on about 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which isn’t bad for the class.
Of course, things are much better with the V6. A familiar 3.6-liter engine is good for about 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Also, it comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which makes an obvious difference. Finally, the fuel economy isn’t much worse compared to the base engine. You may count on about 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
2021 Dodge Journey Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Dodge Journey in a typical time of year, which would mean the last quarter of 2020. The affordable price is definitely on of the model’s strong points, considering that base versions are available already at 24.000 dollars, which is cheaper even than many compact crossovers, like Honda CR-V or Toyota Rav4.